Beauty Blender Sponge – how to use and clean your foundation sponge
You must have heard about the Beauty Blender! If not from the Allure Best of Beauty Awards, where it has been awarded five times, from countless beauty blender reviews made by thousands of women and make-up artists alike, that praise this amazing applicator.
It is probably the most preferred tool for applying anything from sheer foundation, to concealers that cover blemishes and acne spots, to BB Creams or CC Creams. After you hear what the original beauty blender is capable of, you’ll surely want one for yourself. But first, let me provide you with a beauty blender review, that focuses not only on how to use a beauty blender for excellent results, but also how to clean your beauty blender and what type of cleanser you will have to use to make it last longer and protect your investment for multiple uses.
Makeup sponges are, till this day, a common tool to apply foundation easy and achieve a perfect finish and a little extra coverage. Traditional triangle shaped sponges were until recently the only great way of applying a full coverage foundation and concealer for those with skin imperfections, acne scars or blemishes, as they helped layer the product and achieve flawless skin.
Beauty Blender Sponge
For those who struggle with acne and blemishes, as well as those who don’t care for the pancake type of makeup and usually use their fingers to apply a sheer, natural looking foundation, the beauty blender is the perfect option.
This makeup sponge applicator has 360 degrees of usable surface and its curves fit the contours of the face perfectly, in order to help you achieve a flawless complexion. It helps you apply primers, moisturizer, foundation or BB Creams, full coverage blemish concealer and under-eye concealer, liquid blush as well as contouring and highlighting products.
You see, the beauty blender sponge gives you everything from sheer coverage to a buildable full coverage, by working as a blending tool. Its revolutionary elliptical shape makes application foolproof by allowing you to access hard to reach areas like around your nose, under your eyes, between the lips and chin.
The Beauty Blender is made from a latex-free, anti microbial foam, designed to help fight bacteria, so it can last up to four or five months if cared for properly. It’s sensitive enough for those with allergies or sensitive skin and it’s a perfect tool for those with acne or oily skin, since it helps you cover up any imperfections.
Here are my thoughts on the Beauty Blender sponge, ways to use it as full potential and how to clean it properly.
Beauty Blender Review
I heard so many great things about this makeup tool, so of course I wanted to get my hands on one very fast. Although I personally never apply my foundation with a sponge, I only use it in some cases when I want to absorb excess product or distribute the coverage evenly on my entire face.
I prefer makeup brushes, specifically a stipple MAC Brush to get in all the hollows of the face and achieve that gorgeous, natural look. It also proved to be quite efficient in applying multiple layers and add extra coverage, yet when I’m applying makeup for women with skin problems, acne scars or blemishes, I do resort to a traditional triangle makeup sponge, that I do not like one bit.
I can tell you from the start that if you are like me, you should probably put your sponge fears aside and give this a try. You’re going to have a whole different experience with the beauty blender, you’ll waste less product and you’ll be able to achieve anything from sheer to medium and full coverage, with only one makeup tool.
I love the fact that the pointed end helps me apply under-eye concealer flawlessly, as it has a soft texture, that I can use it to apply liquid and compact foundation, as well as cream or liquid blush. I’ve developed a technique that even helps me with contouring and highlighting, which I tend to resort to more often than to my traditional one, since I find it tends to look more natural this way and helps me blend the products faster.
I’ll get into the details of it next and try to explain the many possibilities of how to use a Beauty Blender.
How to use a Beauty Blender
The Beauty Blender can be used dry or dampened with water to apply liquid or cream products, like foundation, BB Creams, CC Creams or concealer, or dry to apply or blend pressed or loose powder and eye shadows.
For foundation, to prevent it from eating up too much product, many prefer to use it damp. Wet the sponge under water until it grows in size and squeeze out excess water. Pump your foundation on the back of the hand and dip the sponge into the product.
Before you blend, bounce and stipple the product onto your skin, pick up the foundation with your sponge and dot it across the face. Next, bounce the sponge across your face, stippling around areas that need the most coverage such as the sides of the nose and under eye bags. Don’t drag the beauty blender sponge across the face, if you want an airbrush finish.The moisture in the sponge works to help your foundation blend seamlessly into the skin, allowing for a more natural and flawless finish.
If you apply make up with your fingers you’ll find that Beauty blender will smooth and refine your make up to provide a clean finish.
For concealer, use the pointed end of the beauty blender and dab underneath the eye, working your way to the inner corner of the eye, where you need the extra coverage. I like to use the beauty blender dry to blend the concealer seamlessly into the skin, to allow it to absorb excess product that might otherwise crawl into fine lines and make them even more visible.
If you have skin imperfections and need extra coverage to camouflage blemishes and acne marks, use the pointed end and the stipple and twist technique for a flawless finish. The stippling and twisting action feathers out the make up’s edges, leaving a perfect finish. Don’t forget to powder the areas with a powder puff.
For liquid/cream blush, you’ll find the beauty blender does a great job. Place a quarter-size amount on the back of your hand and swirl the Beauty Blender into the product, as to distribute the blush equally. Smile and dab the sponge onto the apples of your cheeks and blend it out.
Use the pointed tip of the sponge dry to apply powder highlighter next to the inner corners of your eyes or to blend eye shadows in the eye socket.
You can also facilitate penetration of many skin care products into the surface layer of the skin by using your Beauty Blender. Bounce it against your face when applying face primers, eye treatments and moisturizing serums.
How to clean your Beauty Blender
Although many ask me how to clean the Beauty Blender, there is not much secret to it. To clean the product, you just use the same technique as you do with other makeup sponges or brushes.
Allow it to soak up water and then squeeze out excess, douse the sponge in a gentle shampoo and rinse until all the makeup washes out. Cleanse the Beauty Blender and let it dry naturally, on a towel.
Since you use your beauty blender to apply mostly cream products, my advice is to clean is as often as you can. That way, you’ll prevent bacteria from forming and you won’t cause your skin to break out.
Beauty Blender Cleanser
You can also clean your sponge using the Beauty Blender Cleanser provided in the 2xsponges pack. This supports the integrity of the sponge and also removes excess residue and germs, so it can last up to 5 months.
It’s formulated without parabens, sulfates and phthalates, and comes in both liquid or solid form. The liquid cleanser contains water, Cocamide DEA, Decyl Glucoside, Sodium Coco-Sulfate, PEG-150 Distearate, Fragrance, DMDM Hydantoin, Sodium Benzoate, whilst the solid cleanser is formulated with Sodium Palmate, Sodium Palm Kernelate, Water, Gylcerin, Coconut acid,Titanium Dioxide, Palmitic Acid, fragrance, Sodium Chloride, Tetraspdoi, EDTA, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder.
I find the solid Beauty Blender Cleanser better formulated, as the ingredients are more efficient in cleaning cream makeup products. The formula resembles that of face cleansers, which I also find helpful in cleaning synthetic makeup brushes and sponges.
The Beauty Blender Cleanser is also good for cleaning your makeup brushes, so don’t be afraid to use it.
I’ll also be posting my top favorite makeup brushes cleansers soon, so be sure to check those out as well, before you purchase a cleanser.
The Original Beauty Blender
Like most great inventions in the makeup world, the Original Beauty Blender was created by two makeup artist, who felt the rough corners of the triangle shaped sponges weren’t helpful in achieving a flawless foundation application.
They resented the streaks they left, the fact that they couldn’t reach certain areas and mostly, the fact that these products would absorb a large amount of product. The fact that the traditional makeup sponges were made from latex wasn’t that great either, since many people are allergic to this material.
The Original Beauty Blender was created by visionaries, who understood the market’s need for a product that would solve all the problems that stigmatized makeup sponges. They created something truly helpful for those who want sheer coverage, as well as those who need full coverage to hide blemishes. Its shape helps you blend and achieve a stipple effect, similar to those obtained with airbrush makeup or high definition makeup.
Where to buy a Beauty Blender
You can buy the Original Beauty Blender from Sephora, Amazon, Ebay, Birchbox and probably many others. The Beauty Blender is a huge hit in the makeup world and many other makeup brands launched their own beauty blender type sponge. The Sonia Kashuk Blending Sponge and the beauty blender at Ulta are some of the options available, but there are more than a few differences between them and the original sponge. In my opinion, you either invest in the beauty blender, or you resort to other tools, like makeup brushes.
How do you find the Beauty Blender?